The fan makes great noise.

I bought a laptop several days ago. it’s dell R14 N4110. After i bought it, i want to install a opensuse on it. But after i install it, i found that in opensuse, the fan makes a lot of noise, greater then that in windows, because there is also a windows in this computer. i don’t know why, it’s also exist in kubuntu.

the cpu is i3 2310m

Hello folks,

I’ve the same problem in a new (one week old) hp pavilion dv6.
How can we slow down the fan??

Thanks everybody!

Fan noise can be related to the CPU speed setting. If it is running in high speed, the fan must run faster to keep it cool. Here are two links I would look at on the subject of CPU speed:

YaST Power Management - Control Your CPU Energy Usage How To & FAQ - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

C.F.U. - CPU Frequency Utilitiy - Version 1.10 - For use with the cpufrequtils package - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

Really new computers might work better with a newer kernel installed. I would look at the following blog on the subject:

S.A.K.C. - SUSE Automated Kernel Compiler - Version 2.50 - Blogs - openSUSE Forums

I would open up the search function of your browser and put in the exact PC model and brand, add the word Linux and then fan noise and see what hits you might get on the subject as well.

Thank You,

sorry, i am using the 12.1 , so the kernel is new enough, so i tried the other two ways. The result is not so good, the noise also exists.

I find my Compaq Presario CQ62 also seems to end up with a fan running at high speed, and its loud. Seems to heat up quite quickly under Linux which is surprising.

Seems that Linux based OS can’t work so good at new CPU and architecture.

With your Intel i3 CPU you could use the ‘powertop’ package from the OSS repository to check for the main reasons of power consumption. Run it as root. powertop may suggest possible actions to reduce power consumption of your CPU.

Thanks a lot, i will have a try after the work.

Also be aware of that there are some power regressions reported with kernels >= 2.6.38. This might infer more noise from the fan.


No wonder after i installed 11.4, the fan became a litter better, the kernel is 2.6.37. Hope in kernel 3.1 the problem could be solved.

I wouldn’t bet on that:
[Phoronix] Linux 3.1 Kernel Draws More Power With Another Regression](


12.1 is not out. That’s just a milestone release which is meant for testing, considered NOT STABLE. Could even be that your fan is running berserk because of the status of the milestone right now.

On noisy fans in general: many laptops these days have a fan for the GPU as well, a try to install the manufacturer’s driver (in case of ATI / NVIDIA) often helps.

I have problem with fan on my desktop computer (Foxconn P35A motherboard based on Intel P35 chipset).

The BIOS has a bug that makes my CPU fan run on full throttle after resuming from S3 power saving mode (suspend-to-ram).
Regardless of operating system im using. Normally it should idle at ~700rpm, and after S3 it’s constantly somewhere about 1700rpm.

Other modes, as hibernation or normal suspend everything works fine.

Is there any software (and configurable) fan control program that would manage fan speed according to CPU temperature?

btw. the fan is Arctic Cooling Frezer 7 pro rev 2, if it makes any difference. I have newest available BIOS (upgraded to support 45nm Penryn Quad)

I have the same problem… fan very noisy and temperature quite high… are there any programs for measuring temperature?
Myny distros I tried had this problem but Linux Mint 9 not (and nor LM 11 after grub edit). Any suggestion?

Install cpufrequtils, after as super user:

cpufreq-set -g powersave

Let me now if it works; i have an intel i5 460 and it works fine for me. Now kde doesn’t supports cpu throttling, bah…

Funny, I cleaned the fan and it made a great deal of noise, running as though imbalanced. Oddly, did an update from opensuse 11.2 to 11.3 (Internet) and the fan now works perfectly. Maybe something in the power management or the kernel? Possibly just accidental, too. Sorry if that is no help! BTW, Athlon 64-bit processors 5200+, running at 2700. But I don’t know whether this helps anybody.